Rockbottom Brewpub is Topnotch

Visited On: October 26, 2012
Gluten Free Menu: Some options marked on regular menu
Server Knowledge: 1/2
Server Attitude: 1/2
Variety of Gluten-Free Options: 1/2
Overall Gluten-Friendly Rating:
Price Range: $10-$20, plus drinks, tax, and tip

Last Friday, we decided it was time to try something new, so when suppertime came, we headed into town to the Rockbottom Brewpub. (It’s located on Spring Garden Road, below Your Father’s Moustache.) We walked in and first impressions weren’t great: no tables were available, the front half of the room was crazy bright, and no one came to greet us. However, earlier that day Michael had noticed extremely tiny print on their website promising gluten-free sandwiches, pasta, and pizza, so I really wanted to give it a shot. We took a seat at the bar and ordered some drinks.

Although they are a brewpub and have many hand-crafted ales, they also have an extensive wine and cocktail list which is presented on an iPad. I ordered a glass of white wine while Mike tried the Saison Harvest. I was really excited to see potachos on their menu, and asked if those or the potato skins were gluten-free. At first, the server thought the potato skins were, but after checking with the kitchen she informed me that they shared a fryer with their beer battered items. She didn’t offer any other choices, so we decided to skip the appetizer.

For our mains, Michael ordered the two piece fish and chips ($12.75) while I opted for the pepperoni and mushroom pizza, with no mushrooms of course ($11.25 plus $2 for gluten-free crust). (I actually had a hard time deciding what to order, so opted for something safe. All pastas, pizzas, and sandwiches can be done gluten-free. There’s a $2 upcharge from the latter two.)

Our meals weren’t long in arriving, which was great since we were both starving. My pizza was about 12 inches around; if we had had an appetizer, it would have been enough to feed both Michael and I. The sauce was light and fresh, the crust was thin and crisp, and the pepperoni was thinly sliced and crispy. Mmmmmm! Michael said his fish and chips were equally delicious, with a light, crispy batter made from their Deadwood Wheat beer, and handcut fries. He was glad that he got the two piece, however, as the portions were on the small side.

When our waitress brought the dessert menu, we asked about gluten-free options. She said she would check with the kitchen, but didn’t return for about 25 minutes. Michael had considered getting the apple crisp ($6.50), but decided not to order anything after the delay, and after we found out that the only gluten-free option is ice cream.

We both agreed that despite a few flaws, we enjoyed our time at the Rockbottom Brewpub. If they had a few more gluten-free appetizers and desserts, we’d be all set. I’m looking forward to visiting them again and trying out some gluten-free pasta!

Rockbottom Brewpub
5686 Spring Garden Road (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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  1. #1 by Dave on October 30, 2012 - 7:05 am

    Thanks for the review, it all sounds great. Was the pizza prepared in non-cross-contamination circumstances? Did it share the floor of the oven with regular pizzas? Were the kitchen staff trained in proper GF pizza handling? Were the prep utensils cleaned?

    • #2 by glutenfree4hfx on October 30, 2012 - 8:38 am

      You’re welcome! The staff were certainly aware of cross contamination issues and guaranteed that my pizza would be gluten free, so I’d say that the answer to all of those questions is yes. However, if you’re concerned, I’d definitely call ahead or ask the kitchen staff if you are eating there.

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